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My Name is Immigrant by Wang Ping

This book of poetry is a song for the plight and pride of immigrants around the globe, including the U.S., China, Syria, Honduras, Guatemala, Nepal, Tibet and other places.

Whether they pull up their roots to flee war, the rising sea or drought, for religious freedom and freedom of speech, or simply to seek a better life, immigrants are the frontiers of civilization.

They are a force of nature, like salmon, monarchs, trees, water, and mountains, moving with rivers, the earth and universe.

Migration is the signature of life – no immigrants, no economy; no immigration, no civilization; no migration, no life.

We are all immigrants.

Wang Ping is Poet, professor, photographer, installation artist, author of 14 books and dancer.

My Name is Immigrant
by Wang Ping (Author)
Publisher: ‎ Hanging Loose Press (May 4, 2020)
Language: ‎ English
128 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1934909661
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1934909669

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A Dream by Stephen Phillips


A Dream

My dead love came to me, and said,
‘God gives me one hour’s rest,
To spend with thee on earth again:
How shall we spend it best?’

‘Why, as of old,’ I said; and so
We quarrell’d, as of old:
But, when I turn’d to make my peace,
That one short hour was told.

Stephen Phillips
(1864 – 1915)
A Dream

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Toy Fights: A Boyhood by Don Paterson

Exquisitely sharp, deeply humane and brutally hilarious, Toy Fights is a future classic from one of the greatest writers of his generation.

This is a book about family, money and music but also about schizophrenia, hell, narcissists, debt and the working class, anger, swearing, drugs, books, football, love, origami, the peculiar insanity of Dundee, sugar, religious mania, the sexual excesses of the Scottish club band scene and, more generally, the lengths we go to not to be bored.

Don Paterson was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1963. He spent his boyhood on a council housing estate.

When he wasn’t busy dreading his birthdays, dodging kids who wanted to kill him in a game of Toy Fights, working with his country-and-western singer dad, screwing up in the Boys’ Brigade, obsessing over God, origami, The Osmonds, stamps, sex or Scottish football cards, he was developing a sugar addiction, failing his exams, playing guitar, falling in love, dodging employment and descending into madness.

While he didn’t manage to figure out who he was meant to be, the first twenty years of his life – before he took a chance, packed his guitar and boarded a train to London – did, for better or worse, shape who he would become.

Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His previous poetry collections include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Landing Light, Rain and 40 Sonnets. He has also published two books of aphorism, as well as translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the English Association and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews. Since 1997 he has been poetry editor at Picador Macmillan, and he also works as a jazz musician and composer. He lives in Edinburgh.

Toy Fights: A Boyhood
by Don Paterson (Author)
Publisher: ‎Liveright
July 11, 2023
Language: ‎English
Hardcover: ‎384 pages
ISBN-10:‎ 1324093625
ISBN-13: ‎978-1324093626

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Women Do Not Want It

Women Do Not Want It

When the woman suffrage argument first stood upon its legs,
They answered it with cabbages, they answered it with eggs,
They answered it with ridicule, they answered it with scorn,
They thought it a monstrosity that should not have been born.

When the woman suffrage argument grew vigorous and wise,
And was not to be answered by these opposite replies,
They turned their opposition into reasoning severe
Upon the limitations of our God-appointed sphere.

We were told of disabilities–a long array of these,
Till one could think that womanhood was merely a disease;
And “the maternal sacrifice” was added to the plan
Of the various sacrifices we have always made–to man.

Religionists and scientists, in amity and bliss,
However else they disagreed, could all agree on this,
And the gist of all their discourse, when you got down in it,
Was–we could not have the ballot because we were not fit!

They would not hear the reason, they would not fairly yield,
They would not own their arguments were beaten in the field;
But time passed on, and someway, we need not ask them how,
Whatever ails those arguments–we do not hear them now!

You may talk of suffrage now with an educated man,
And he agrees with all you say, as sweetly as he can:
‘T would be better for us all, of course, if womanhood was free;
But “the women do not want it”–and so it must not be!

‘T is such a tender thoughtfulness! So exquisite a care!
Not to pile on our frail shoulders what we do not wish to bear!
But, oh, most generous brother! Let us look a little more–
Have we women always wanted what you gave to us before?

Did we ask for veils and harems in the Oriental races?
Did we beseech to be “unclean,” shut out of sacred places?
Did we beg for scolding bridles and ducking stools to come?
And clamour for the beating stick no thicker than your thumb?

Did we ask to be forbidden from all the trades that pay?
Did we claim the lower wages for a man’s full work today?
Have we petitioned for the laws wherein our shame is shown:
That not a woman’s child–nor her own body–is her own?

What women want has never been a strongly acting cause,
When woman has been wronged by man in churches, customs, laws;
Why should he find this preference so largely in his way,
When he himself admits the right of what we ask today?

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Women Do Not Want It
Suffrage Songs and Verses

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“Tenir sa langue”, roman de Polina Panassenko

« Ce que je veux moi, c’est porter le prénom que j’ai reçu à la naissance. Sans le cacher, sans le maquiller, sans le modifier. Sans en avoir peur. »

Elle est née Polina, en France elle devient Pauline. Quelques lettres et tout change.

À son arrivée, enfant, à Saint-Étienne, au lendemain de la chute de l’URSS, elle se dédouble : Polina à la maison, Pauline à l’école.

Vingt ans plus tard, elle vit à Montreuil. Elle a rendez-vous au tribunal de Bobigny pour tenter de récupérer son prénom.

Ce premier roman est construit autour d’une vie entre deux langues et deux pays.

D’un côté, la Russie de l’enfance, celle de la datcha, de l’appartement communautaire où les générations se mélangent, celle des grands-parents inoubliables et de Tiotia Nina.

De l’autre, la France, celle de la materneltchik, des mots qu’il faut conquérir et des Minikeums.

Drôle, tendre, frondeur, Tenir sa langue révèle une voix hors du commun.

Tenir sa langue
de Polina Panassenko
Éditeur: ‎Olivier
Langue: ‎Français
Livre grand format
19 août 2022
192 pages
ISBN-10: ‎2823619593
ISBN-13: ‎978-2823619591
€ 18,00

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Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition in Zürich and Frankfurt

Her sensual Nanas—buxom, colorful female figures— laid the foundation for her international success beyond the art world: Niki de Saint Phalle.

But the self-taught artist’s creative spectrum is much broader, and her unconventional oeuvre, ranging from painting and drawing to assemblages, performances, theater, film, and architecture, is more subversive and critical of society than is widely assumed.

Based on her efforts to process her own feelings, she addressed social and political issues, critically questioning institutions and role models in ways that are as relevant today as they have ever been.

The exhibition and the publication shed new light on the artist’s exceptional personality and uncover the wide-ranging oeuvre of the popular outsider—that is always surprising and eccentric, emotional, dark and brutal, humorous and cheerful.

NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE (1930–2002) is one of the most important artists and sculptors of her generation. Growing up in Paris and New York, she returned to Paris in the 1950s, where she began her artistic career with her legendary Tirs, her “shooting” series, created during provocative performances.

Kunsthaus Zürich
September 2, 2022–January 8, 2023

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
February 3–May 21, 2023

Museumsshop Kunsthaus Zürich
Niki de Saint Phalle
[exhibition catalog in German]

Text(s) by Christoph Becker, Bice Curiger, Katharina Dohm, Sandra Gianfreda, Cathérine Hug, Mickry 3, Nicolas Party, graphic design by Lena Huber, ed. Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft / Kunsthaus Zürich, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Niki de Saint Phalle
Ed. Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft,
Kunsthaus Zürich,
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
240 pages,
195 illustrations
23,5 x 29 cm, soft cover
Lay-Flat Binding with Flaps
ISBN 978-3-7757-5299-2
€ 44.00

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The Pagan by George Orwell


The Pagan

So here are you, and here am I,
Where we may thank our gods to be;
Above the earth, beneath the sky,
Naked souls alive and free.
The autumn wind goes rustling by
And stirs the stubble at our feet;
Out of the west it whispering blows,
Stops to caress and onward goes,
Bringing its earthy odours sweet.
See with what pride the the setting sun
Kinglike in gold and purple dies,
And like a robe of rainbow spun
Tinges the earth with shades divine.
That mystic light is in your eyes
And ever in your heart will shine.

George Orwell
(1903 – 1950)
The Pagan

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Wound is the Origin of Wonder by Maya C. Popa

Award-winning poet Maya C. Popa suggests that our restless desires are inseparable from our mortality in this pressing and precise collection.

Rooting out profound meaning in language to wrench us from the moorings of the familiar and into the realm of the extraordinary, the volume asks, how do we articulate what’s by definition inarticulable? Where does sight end and imagination begin?

Lucid and musically rich, these poems sound an appeal to a dwindling natural world and summon moments from the lives of literary forbearers—John Milton’s visit to Galileo, a vase broken by Marcel Proust—to unveil fresh wonder in the unlikely meetings of the past. Popa dramatizes the difficulties of loving a world that is at once rich with beauty and full of opportunities for grief, and reveals that the natural arc of wonder, from astonishment to reflection, more deeply connects us with our humanity.

Maya C. Popa is the author of American Faith, recipient of the 2020 North American Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Nation, Poetry, and the Paris Review, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

Wound Is the Origin of Wonder
by Maya C. Popa
Publisher: ‎ W. W. Norton & Company (November 8, 2022)
Language: ‎ English
Hardcover: ‎ 96 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1324021365
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1324021360
Price $26.95

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Luigi Pirandello: Geluksvogels

Geluksvogels bevat een keuze uit Luigi Pirandello’s Novellen voor een jaar, in een blinkend nieuwe vertaling van Yond Boeke en Patty Krone.

Pirandello schreef deze opmerkelijk hoogwaardige verzameling verhalen tussen 1894 en 1936. Zijn dood belette hem het project – één novelle voor elke dag van het jaar – te voltooien.

De diversiteit van zijn verhalen, die getuigen van groot psychologisch inzicht, een buitengewoon scherp gevoel voor humor en immens mededogen, is exemplarisch voor Pirandello’s enorme veelzijdigheid als schrijver.

Hij voert een breed scala aan markante personages ten tonele: van arme Siciliaanse boeren die tevergeefs strijden tegen de clerus tot wufte stedelingen die verstrikt raken in hun eigen overspel, van een wanhopige patiënt die in een New Yorks ziekenhuis uit het raam springt tot een geëxalteerde actrice die het moet opnemen tegen een vleermuis.

Pirandello laveert virtuoos tussen vlotte dialogen, van weemoed doortrokken landschapsbeschrijvingen en filosofische bespiegelingen over het aardse bestaan. Sommige verhalen blijken ook nu nog verrassend actueel.

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), geboren in een gegoede familie op Sicilië, kreeg in 1934 de Nobelprijs voor de Literatuur. De verfilming van zijn verhalen door Paolo en Vittorio Taviani, Kaos, werd wereldberoemd.

Door Luigi Pirandello
Uitgeverij Van Oorschot
832 pagina’s
ISBN 9789028213142
Prijs: € 45,00

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George Orwell: Awake! Young Men of England


Awake! Young Men of England

OH! give me the strength of the Lion,
The wisdom of reynard the Fox
And then I’ll hurl troops at the Germans
And give them the hardest of knocks.

Oh! think of the War Lord’s mailed fist,
That is striking at England today:
And think of the lives that our soldiers
Are fearlessly throwing away.

Awake! Oh you young men of England,
For if, when your Country’s in need,
You do not enlist by the thousand,
You truly are cowards indeed.

George Orwell
(1903 – 1950)
Awake! Young Men of England

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Sandro Penna: Within the Sweet Noise of Life. Selected Poems

Widely considered to be among the most important Italian poets of the twentieth century, Sandro Penna was born and raised in Perugia but spent most of his life in Rome.

Openly gay, Penna wrote verses celebrating homosexual love with lyrical elegance.

His writing alternates between whimsy and melancholia, but it is always full of light.

Juggling traditional Italian prosody and subject matter with their gritty urban opposites in taut, highly concentrated poems, Penna’s lyrics revel in love and the eruption of Eros together with the extraordinary that can be found within simple everyday life.

There is something ancient in Penna’s poetry, and something Etruscan or Greek about the poems, though the landscape is most often of Rome: sensual yet severe, sinuous yet solid, inscrutable, intangible and languorous, with a Sphinx-like and sun-soaked smile.

Penna’s city is eternal—a mythically decadent Rome that brings to mind Paris or Alexandria. And though the echoes resound—from Rimbaud, Verlaine, Baudelaire to Leopardi, D’Annunzio, Cavafy—the voice is always undeniably and wonderfully Penna’s own.

Sandro Penna (1906–77) was an Italian poet. During his life, he was awarded two of Italy’s most important literary awards, the Premio Viareggio and the Premio Bagutta. His work has been translated into many languages, including English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, and has appeared in numerous anthologies of Italian poetry.

Alexander Booth is a writer and translator and the recipient of a 2012 PEN Translation Fund grant for his translations of Lutz Seiler.

Sandro Penna
Within the Sweet Noise of Life
Selected Poems
Translated by Alexander Booth
ISBN: 9780857427878
Format: Hardback
Pages: 96
Rights: UCP
Publication Year: March 2021
Size: 5″ x 8.5″
Publisher: Seagull Books

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Ernest Potters (1953-2022): fotograaf en artistiek gangmaker

Ernest Potters tijdens zijn eerste solo-tentoonstelling sinds lang, in Luycks Gallery, 2012. (Foto: Joep Eijkens)

Ernest Potters timmerde niet alleen als fotograaf aan de weg, maar was ook jarenlang drijvende kracht en organisator van tal van activiteiten in de Tilburgse kunstwereld. Op 10 augustus 2022 overleed hij na een kort ziekbed.

door Joep Eijkens

Ernest Potters werd in 1953 te Tilburg geboren als zoon van de bekende pottenbakkers Henk en Lies Potters. Hij volgde zijn opleiding aan St. Joost Breda en was sinds 1974 werkzaam als fotograaf/fotojournalist. Vanaf de jaren zeventig werkte hij als freelance fotograaf onder meer voor muziekbladen als OOR en Hitkrant, voor het maandblad Jazz Nu en diverse landelijke dag- en weekbladen. Maar ook voor uiteenlopende (kunst)instellingen en andere opdrachtgevers in Tilburg en daarbuiten, waaronder diverse muziek-, dans- en theatergezelschappen.

Potters fotografeerde talloze theater- en dansvoorstellingen. Tot zijn favoriete onderwerpen hoorden architectuur en muzikanten. Wat dat laatste betreft was hij apetrots op een portret dat hij schoot van zijn idool Frank Zappa.

Ruimte X
Maar Potters was beslist méér dan fotograaf. Zo stichtte hij in 1980 met zijn toenmalige levenspartner, danseres Nora van den Eeckhout, Het Danshuis, gevestigd in de Telexstraat in Tilburg. Het betreffende pand werd later onder de naam Ruimte-X een bekend ‘multidisciplinair kunstenpodium’ waar tussen 1998 en 2012 talloze exposities, voorstellingen en culturele bijeenkomsten plaatsvonden. Potters hoorde bovendien tot degenen die aan de wieg stonden van de succesvolle Werkplaats L’Avventura Tilburg.

Ook kreeg Ernst Potters naam door de kunstexposities die hij elders in de stad organiseerde tijdens de Tilburgse kermis. En door de in literatuur, beeldende kunst, theater en muziek gespecialiseerde uitgeverij teleXpress die hij runde met zijn partner Ingrid Luycks. De producten waren steeds mooi verzorgde publicaties. Zijn eerste foto-expositie had hij in 1976 in het cultureel centrum Boerderij Denissen in Berkel-Enschot. Daarna volgden exposities in binnen- en buitenland.

Qua Vadis
In 2012 sloot Ruimte X de deuren en concentreerde Ernest Potters zich weer meer op zijn werk als fotograaf. Het was in de galerie van Luycks dat hij in datzelfde jaar voor het eerst sinds lange tijd weer solo eigen fotografisch werk exposeerde onder de titel Quo Vadis. Diverse solo- en duo-exposities volgden daarna, eveneens in Luycks Gallery.

Potters timmerde de afgelopen jaren sowieso steviger aan de weg als fotograaf. Zo begon hij eind 2020 op Instagram met een soort dagboek in foto’s van dingen en plekken die hij onderweg tegenkwam. Al dan niet alledaagse voorwerpen en plekken waaraan vrijwel niemand aandacht schenkt: van een weggegooid bierblikje op een hoop straatstenen tot een abstract detail van een stukje architectuur. Alsof hij wilde zeggen dat schoonheid ook op straat is te vinden, als je er maar oog voor hebt.

Ernest Potters maakte ook, en regelmatig in samenwerking met anderen, diverse fotoboeken zoals Hoog-Gaat-Ie. Fotoboek van de Tilburgse kermis met Paul Spapens en Lauran Wijffels, en vorig jaar nog Het nieuwe ritme van Tilburg. Dat was een coproductie met de eveneens Tilburgse fotograaf Wil van Dusseldorp over de metamorfose die de voormalige textielstad onderging sinds de jaren zestig. Potters nam daarin vooral het afgelopen decennium voor zijn rekening, met kleurenfoto’s die hij speciaal voor dit boek maakte. Het werd uitgegeven door stichting De NWE Stijl, waarin Ingrid Luycks één van de drijvende krachten is. Potters was ook de bedenker van tal van opmerkelijke boekconcepten en uitgaven, waaronder De Kanonbal. Requiem voor een wielrenner en dichtbundels van diverse Tilburgse stadsdichters.

Om ideeën zat Ernest Potters nooit verlegen en hij was ook altijd bereid ideeën van anderen de ruimte geven, vaak letterlijk in Ruimte X. Zijn betrokkenheid bij Tilburg was groot en hij zal in die stad worden gemist, maar zijn wereld was eindeloos veel groter dan stad of provincie.

Eerder gepubliceerd in: Brabant Cultureel. Digitaal podium voor kunst en cultuur
© Joep Eijkens, 11 augustus 2022

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